01 May 2018

Jon Singleton and George Springer Panini Cards

I want to blog about cards, but I also kind of don't want to do anything at all. I am currently in Spokane, Washington, for some job training. That doesn't really have much to do with my lack of motivation, though. I've been feeling the same way at home lately, too. I guess it's just a symptom of my depression. I am normally pretty down anyway. My baseline mood is other people's low. I am used to it, though, and manage to be pretty functional and relatively happy a lot of the time. It seems like every 5-6 years, though, I go through an extended period where I just can't seem to get going on anything for a few months, and I barely function. I guess it's more of a physical depression than a mental one. I'm right in the middle of one of those periods now. I've been meaning to get to my doctor to see about a medication adjustment or something, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. It's all just part of the fun of managing a chronic illness, I suppose.

Speaking of a chronic illness, it seems like the Astros' offense can't generate any run support this year. I just got done watching Justin Verlander do everything he could (8 IP, 14 K, 0 BB, 3 H) to keep the team in a game against the Yankees, and the bats couldn't even generate a single run to back him up. Of course, the bullpen immediately gave up 4 runs after Verlander left the game, but I have to imagine things could have been different if there were a couple runs on the Astros' side of the scoreboard.

I think I already have at least one copy of all the cards in this post, but how can I turn down dirt-cheap relic cards of player collection guy Jon Singleton, especially when some of them feature George Springer, too? These all come from 2015 Panini Elite baseball.

This last one is pretty cool because it's a Christmas Card, bearing the coveted # 12 / 25 serial number. I think I have # 14 / 25 on the way to my house as we speak, because I have a hard time saying no to these things. This one has a pretty cool patch embedded in it, though, so I have that going for me.


  1. I don't know if it'll make you feel any better or not, but you're not alone with your depression... it seems like a number of us (bloggers) are currently being affected by it. Hopefully you won't have to be in Spokane too long, as someone who's been there many times, I can tell you that it's not a fun place to visit during the best of moods, let alone while being depressed :)

    1. There may be something to the blogging/depression connection. I at least have some coping skills for the mental side of it. It's very frustrating when the physical side kicks in and I have no energy for months on end. I hope that you are holding the line on your struggles, if not improving.

      I haven't seen much of Spokane on this trip. I made one trip to Walmart. The folks there seemed a little rougher than the people at my 'home' Walmart. The card aisle had a Bowman display, but literally no sports cards in stock except a few packs of a football draft product that was several years old. I've been to Spokane once before in my life. I am here now in April, and I'm coming back in May for the Weird Al Yankovic concert. Hopefully I'll go the rest of the year without visiting again.